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About Mumbai

Gateway to one of the world's most vibrant cities, India's cruise port Mumbai (formerly Bombay) offers so many memorable experiences it is hard to know where to begin. Perhaps a stroll along Marine Drive, the broad seafront promenade, which links the skyscrapers and bustle of Nariman Point with the serene greenery of Malabar Hill, is the best introduction to the sheer variety of this fascinating city.

Or climb to the top of Malabar Hill to visit the terraced Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which overlook the Arabian Sea and the famous Towers of Silence. Then make your way to Crawford's Market (now Jyotiba Phule), which will take you back in time to Victorian days - the frieze above its entrance was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, and Rudyard's childhood home lies right opposite.

Bargain hunters should not miss the famous Chor Bazaar and the antique shops of Motton Street at its heart, where you can pick up fabulous memorabilia - and do not be afraid to bargain.

 

Shore excursions in Mumbai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Mumbai Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

See Mumbai’s most prominent landmarks and become acquainted with this city of contrasts.

Enjoy a visit to the former Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Mani Bhavan. It is now a museum and memorial to Gandhi. The room he slept in has remained unchanged and still contains his bed and many of his personal possessions.

Continuing along Marine Drive, Mumbai’s seaside promenade, you will visit the Krishna Temple (ISCKON). This epicentre of spiritual activity has been modelled after the temples of Vrindavan and accommodates over 140 monks. Afterwards, you’ll stop at the Hanging Gardens, for some excellent views of the city. On leaving the Hanging Gardens you will hear about the unusual Parsi traditions as you pass the Parsi Towers of Silence.

En route, stop at the Dhobi Ghat. This fascinating open-air laundry employs hundreds of workers, who have devised their own system to code the laundry to ensure nothing is lost.

As you drive through Mumbai you will pass by monuments built during the British era, including the High Court; Crawford Market; Mumbai University and the Victoria Terminus Station before stopping at the famous Gateway of India, an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911.

Your tour ends with a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum), which contains a wealth of paintings, jewellery and artefacts collected from many different eras including the British reign.

Essential information

This Tour will operate coach and on foot. Mani Bhavan has 2 floors each with 20 steep steps. Approximately 45 minutes is spent at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. There is a fee of (INR125) to photograph or video in the museum. Professional photography is not permitted. Comfortable, non-slip footwear, water and a sunhat are recommended. Modest attire is required for the visit to the Krishna Temple and shoes must be removed.

The Best of Mumbai

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Immerse yourself in the local culture as you view the distinctive landmarks, savour the Indian cuisine and shop for a bargain.

This comprehensive tour of Mumbai begins at the Asiatic Library (Old Town Hall) and from here you will be able to see the beautiful monuments and buildings up close as you stroll through the bustling streets. A stop will be made at St Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai’s first Anglican Church, built in 1718. Absorb the atmosphere as you pass by buildings of different architectural styles including the ornamentally exquisite Flora Fountain, the gothic style High Court and the impressive Mumbai University with its decorative Rajabai Clock Tower.

A short drive through the Fort area will bring you to the Municipal Corporation Building, the Central Telegraph Office and the majestic gothic style Victoria Terminus Station. You will have the opportunity to visit the interior of this historic station, where India’s first train departed in 1853.

A delicious Indian lunch will be served at a restaurant, before visiting Mani Bhavan, the old Mumbai residence of Gandhi. This two-storied structure now contains a reference library, a photographic exhibition and other pieces of well preserved memorabilia, including Gandhi’s spinning wheel.

Before returning to the ship, there will be a photo stop at the regal Gateway of India and some free time to explore Colaba Causeway. This area has a range of shops and market stalls where you can browse for a bargain or simply soak up the sights and sounds of this interesting city.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking on the tour over slightly uneven ground. There are 60 steps in the Victoria Terminus. Comfortable, enclosed footwear, water and a sun hat are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Mumbai

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